Jalal Maqableh | Interim Executive Director
Jalal brings an extensive background in conflict transformation, nonprofit leadership, social entrepreneurship, and small business consulting to his position as Interim Executive Director of FairField Center. Skilled in working with groups from different regions, communities, contexts, and countries, Jalal has traveled the world as a consultant and trainer and participated in several international leadership and community development projects under the auspices of the United Nations, U.S. Department of State, and the British Council. Since his arrival in the Shenandoah Valley in 2015, Jalal has made a significant impact on numerous educational, business, and nonprofit programs in the region. He is active in community initiatives and supports community members who are looking for a better future..
ᵒ Granada College (Jordan), Diploma, Information Technology
ᵒ Philadelphia University (Jordan) BS, Software Engineering
ᵒ Eastern Mennonite University, MA, Conflict Transformation & Peacebuilding
ᵒ Eastern Mennonite University, Graduate Certificate, Nonprofit Leadership and Social Entrepreneurship
ᵒJames Madison University, Ph.D. Candidate, Strategic Leadership Studies
Aaron Hagmaier | Director of Mediation Services
Aaron is a retired USAF Major with twenty-two years’ experience in supervising human relations interactions, managing projects, academic instruction, and training and courseware development. He is a proven leader in stressful operational settings and has experience dealing with issues arising in multi-cultural environments. Aaron has supervised over 100 interns, 5200+ cases, and 11,400 clients involving business, family and civil issues.
ᵒ M.A. in Human Relations (University of Oklahoma)
ᵒ B.S. in Accounting (Lee University)
ᵒ Certified Mediator and Mentor Instructor for General District Court, Juvenile & Domestic Relations, Circuit Civil Family, and Circuit Court Civil.
Shannon Sneary Alabanza | Director of Training
Shannon Sneary Alabanza has been providing communication training and conflict resolution services for over 25 years. As Director of Training at a not-for-profit, FairField Center, in Harrisonburg, Virginia, she coordinates the certified mediation training program and has developed and implemented multiple workshops and training for managers, employees, and families geared towards better communication, negotiation, and conflict resolution. An expert mediator (750+ cases), her greatest interests focus on blending trauma informed services with reflective and dynamic training. Ms. Alabanza is also involved in research on the role of Activating Curiosity as a conflict intervention tool, based on Insight conflict resolution theory.
ᵒ B.S. in Social Work (Eastern Mennonite University)
ᵒ Certified Mediation Trainer by the Supreme Court of Virginia.
Sue Praill | Director of Restorative Justice
Sue is a trained restorative justice and circle process facilitator who has managed over 40 restorative justice cases for FairField. She has trained groups of Restorative Community Conferencing facilitators, educators, and police officers in restorative justice practices and regularly presents to civic groups, court officials, and community members. Sue has collaborated with other experts to develop curriculums for restorative justice programs, and has personally facilitated 20 Juvenile Victim Impact programs and 15 groups of prison inmates.
ᵒ M.A. in Conflict Transformation, concentration in Restorative Justice (Eastern Mennonite University)
ᵒ B.A. in Education (Brighton University and Shepherd University)
ᵒ Certified Mediator for Juvenile and District Court.
Ingrid Manning | Director of Operations
Ingrid has two decades of non-profit and community organizing experience and has served in roles from administrative assistant to president in various Virginia based organizations. The common thread has been a driving impulse to affect positive change and find ways to help people (including herself) work smarter rather than just harder. She is currently working towards certification as a mediator for the Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court.
ᵒ B.A. in Psychology from George Mason University
Vanessa Morales | Services Client Coordinator
Vanessa coordinates English-Spanish mediation cases from beginning to completion. Vanessa started as an intern at FairField Center and went on to receive her Associate degree in human services. She is passionate about helping individuals in the community resolve problems.
ᵒ Associates Degree in Human Services from Blue Ridge Community College
ᵒ Interpreter Training Certification ( Blue Ridge Area Health Education Center)